Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America, killing 150,000 people a year. The survivors can face a difficult challenge, as they may need to relearn simple activities such as talking, reading or dressing themselves.
For one neuroscientist, experiencing a massive stroke and recovering from it resulted in a completely different understanding of how the brain works. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor stars in a popular YouTube videoclip. Now she shares her unique perspective on how the two halves of our brains work together, and what the right brain contributes when the left side is affected by a stroke.
This is the second show in a two-part series on stroke.
Guest: Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD, is a neuroanatomist and a stroke survivor affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2008. Her book is titled: My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. Her Web site is drjilltaylor.com